As part of the planning, know the CMA exam dates, schedule and deadline. Here is the latest info:
Overview of CMA Exam Schedule
There are currently 3 testing windows each year for the CMA exam:
|Testing Window||CMA Exam Dates 2018|
|Jan – Feb||Jan 1||to||Feb 28|
|May – Jun||May 1||to||Jun 30|
|Sep – Oct||Sep 1||to||Oct 31|
If order to reserve a space at the exam site at the Prometic center, you will have to get an authorization number. It is advised that you send in your registration around 6 weeks before the intended date of your exam in order to get everything processed on time.
If possible, schedule your exam in the first month of the testing window (i.e. Jan, May, Sep).
Candidates are allowed to reschedule their exams for free within the same testing window. For example, if you run out of studying time, you can still postpone your January exam to February. If you schedule the exam in February, you can’t extend to May, and instead must pay in full for your next exam.
Other Important CMA Exam Dates
Please note that the clock starts to clock the day you sent in the entrance fee.
Specifically, you will need to register for the exam within 12 months, and complete the process including the experience requirements within 3 years.
Example of Your CMA Exam Calendar
Let’s say today is January 1, 2018 and you plan to complete the CMA program within 6 months. It is assumed that you have already accumulated two years of relevant working experience as an accountant working in a corporation.
- Apply for IMA membership and pay the entrance fee – Jan 2018
- Pick a CMA review course and start studying – Jan 2018
- Register for the CMA exam – around Mid March 2018
- Sit for the exam (part 1) – May 2018
- Sit for the exam (part 2) – June 2018
- Pass the 2 parts and get your CMA certification!
More Explanation on the Important CMA Exam Dates
I have this youtube video that explains how you can schedule the exam in more detail:
Finally, See How My Bloggers Plan their CMA Exams
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For Your Further Reading
- How to become a CMA (the most detailed guide you can find on the Internet)
- Where can I take the exam? How can I check the closest location?
- How much does it cost?
- What are the most common questions from readers?
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